Much of Ghiora Aharoni’s work engages time and text as a lens to explore dualities—such as the intertwined relationships of seemingly disparate cultures—often via cultural artifacts or sacred texts that have been modified or recontextualized, asking the viewer to reconsider their conventional social/cultural significance. In his on-going series, Thank God For Making Me A Woman, removing the word “not” from the daily prayer of Orthodox Jewish men, “Thank God for not making me a woman,” subverts the text’s denigration of women. Translating the phrase into Hebrabic© (Aharoni’s melding of Hebrew and Arabic) and Hindru© (his melding of Hindi and Urdu), creates a meditation on personal and intercultural perspectives of gender status in our contemporary world. Through iterations on works on paper, in sculptures, and embroidered on antique angarkhas (men’s garments) as well as large-scale installations, Aharoni evokes myriad resonances, both public and private, and transforms it into a transcultural veneration of women.
Aharoni founded his multi-disciplinary studio in New York City in 2004. His work is in the permanent collection of The Pompidou Center, Paris—as well as private collections in North America, Europe and India—and has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai and the Rubin Museum, New York. His work is currently on view in the exhibition Kabbalah at the Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam through August 2019.
Home page: Thank God for Making Me a Woman, 2015.
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